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Commission on St. Louis Growth, Ground to Halt

February 2, 2000
By: Renny MacKay
State Capital Bureau

A commission to look at the growth of St. Louis, won't see daylight, according to the commission's proponent.

From Jefferson City, Renny MacKay has more.

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St. Louis legislator Ron Auer's proposal met with a lot of opposition.

His proposed bill would form a commission to discuss and file reports about St. Louis's growth.

Auer proposed a similar bill last year and it was voted down. He says he expects a similar fate for this bill.

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Contents: He says he isn't optimistic about the bill passing this session, and that more education is necessary for it to pass.

The people he thinks need to be educated are the opponents of the bill.

They say the bill is unnecessary and a commission can meet without state approval. And they say the city of St. Louis needs to make more improvements before the state gets involved.

From the state capitol, I'm Renny MacKay.


A bill to address St. Louis's geographical growth, doesn't have much hope of passing, according to its sponsor.

Renny MacKay has the story from Jefferson City.

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Representative Ron Auer from St. Louis proposed a plan to form a commission that would study the city's growth for the second year in a row.

But, the proposal met with a lot of opposition again this year. Auer (OW-urr) says he isn't hopeful about the bill passing this year either because of the high level of opposition.

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Contents: He says he hoped his fellow legislators were more educated this year and willing to pass the bill.

Detractors of the plan say a state legislated commission is unnecessary and say they're worried about the state legislating where people can and can't live.

From the state capitol, I'm Renny MacKay.


St. Louis's growth won't be addressed by a state commission, after Wednesday's opposition to the proposal.

From Jefferson City, Renny MacKay has more.

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The plan's sponsor, representative Ron Auer (OW-urr) says he doesn't have much hope for his plan to form a commission to look at the growth of St. Louis.

The commission would make reports about issues from regional planning to education.

Brent Evans from the West Counties doesn't think the commission is a good idea.

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Contents: He says a commission doesn't need the state's approval to meet.

He says he is also worried that the commission's next step would be to form legislation about where people can and can't live.

A similar bill was voted down last year, as well.

From the state capitol, I'm Renny MacKay.


A commission to look at the effects of the growth of St. Louis was supported by the mayor's office, but it doesn't have much of a chance of being formed.

From Jefferson City, Renny MacKay has the story.

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The idea of the commission comes from a proposed bill by St. Louis legislator, Ron Auer (OW-urr). He says he isn't optimistic about the bill passing though.

The St. Louis mayor's special assistant spoke in support of the plan.

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Contents: He says the commission is a good idea because of the educational benefits, and communication would bring the city's problem into the open.

Opponents of the bill say the state is doing enough to help St. Louis and commissions can meet without state approval to talk about the city's problems.

From the state capitol, I'm Renny MacKay.